By Gail James, Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod WELCA president
At their May meeting, the executive board for the Northeastern Pennsylvania
Synod Women of the ELCA made a decision to use the interest earned from
investment funds as a benevolence gift.
The recipient of that gift will be the South Central Diocese of the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in Tanzania. A check for $650.00 was deposited in the account
of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod, where it will remain until the proper
arrangements can be made for its transfer to the church in South Central
This gift to our Partner Synod in Tanzania was made in conjunction with
the 2007 Convention of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod's women’s
organization. At that gathering on June 23, a special offering was received
from many women’s groups in the synod. A part of that offering was
designated for the women’s organization in another Partner Synod,
Iglesia Evangélica Luterana Unida of Argentina and Uruguay.
The decision by the executive board to make cash gifts to our Partner
Synods was greatly influenced by a visit from Señora Graciela Stein,
from the church in Argentina and Uruguay. When she was here with her husband
at the 2006 Synod Assembly, Señora Stein pointed out that, many times,
cash gifts can be put to good use more easily than tangible items. The funds
can be used to buy local products, which can then be distributed quickly
and with less expense than purchasing and shipping from the USA would require.
We are grateful to all the women across the synod who have made this